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VOL. 132 | NO. 58 | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Loeb Building Retail Center Near Overton Square

Loeb Properties has announced it will build a new retail center at 2046 Union Ave., around the corner from Overton Square.

Greensward Compromise Unravels Over Who Pays What and When

A Memphis Zoo parking plan appears to be in question after a Tuesday, March 21, city council committee session in which Memphis Zoo leaders said they will not put up half of the $500,000 to pay for planning and design work on the reconfigured and expanded zoo parking lot.

Impasse Compromise Wins Council Approval, Union Acceptance

No more lottery balls for the Memphis City Council in the spring. The council approved Tuesday, March 21, an overhaul of the city’s impasse procedures – the rules for the council settling stalled contract talks between the city’s municipal unions and the city administration.

Music+Arts Studio Expands Independent Film Distribution

Music+Arts Studio in Cooper-Young wants to work with more filmmakers. The studio, which began distributing films with Mike McCarthy’s “Cigarette Girl” in 2014 and has released two short films since then, is now expanding its digital distribution for independent filmmakers.

FedEx Corp. Falls Short of Q3 Profit Forecasts

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. enjoyed record shipping levels in its peak season for deliveries, but still fell short of third-quarter profit forecasts.

Local Weather
Currently
Memphis, TN
88.0°F
A Few Clouds
Wind: East at 4.6 mph
Humidity: 52%

EVENTS

An Islamic art and calligraphy presentation and workshop will take place Wednesday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cordova Library, 8457 Trinity Road. Attendees will be able to try their hand at Islamic calligraphy. Cost is free. Visit muslimsinmemphis.org/events for more information.

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Last Word: No More Lottery Balls, The Voucher Bill Advances and UCLA

Spring is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the Overton Park Greensward controversy is back on. Just this past weekend, I was in the park noting the metal barrier that separates Greensward pedestrians from Zoo parkers and that the barrier was not “decorated” with save the greensward paraphernalia as much as it has been the previous three springs.

County Commission Won’t Appoint Lovell Replacement

Shelby County commissioners will not appoint someone to the open state House District 95 seat in advance of the June 15 special election for the seat.

Corker To Keynote Dunavant Awards

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Memphis East’s annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards.

Beale Street Authority’s Days May Be Numbered

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority would be out of business by May 21 and the city would be charged with hiring a day-to-day manager for the Beale Street entertainment district under a proposal by council member Martavius Jones.

Private Reprimand Ends Jackson Case Aftermath

The private reprimand for District Attorney General Amy Weirich issued by the state Board of Professional Responsibility is probably the last formal word on the way the prosecutor’s office tried Noura Jackson for the murder of her mother.

Memphis Football Profile Growing, Norvell Says

The biggest brand on the 2017 University of Memphis football schedule is UCLA. The Bruins come to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Sept. 16. And as a name brand, it’s an opportunity for the Tigers with recruits.

TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE

Shelby County Schools Voucher Bill Advances in House

NASHVILLE – Despite a packed room of Memphis-area people opposed to vouchers for public school students, a House Education Committee advanced a pilot program targeting low-income children in Shelby County Schools system’s low-performing schools.

Tennessee Bill Sponsor: Medical Marijuana Dead This Session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill that would legalize medical marijuana is dead for this year's legislative session.

State Sen. Mae Beavers Exploring Bid for Tennessee Governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Mae Beavers, the sponsor of a bill seeking to require students to use restrooms and locker rooms of the sex on their birth certificates, says she is exploring a bid for Tennessee governor.

Parkinson Rejects Owens’ Politics in Legislature

NASHVILLE – Recognition for the Rev. Bill Owens turned into a rebuke on the House floor when a Memphis legislator discovered the activist pastor campaigned for President Donald Trump and urged black voters to leave the Democratic Party.

Tax Reform Group Supports Amended Fuel-Tax Plan

NASHVILLE – One of the nation’s most conservative anti-tax groups is supporting a plan by Sen. Mark Norris to offset fuel-tax increases with a reduction in the state’s grocery tax and nix a proposal to tie rates to the Consumer Price Index.

MEMPHIS NEWSMAKERS

Lehman-Roberts’ Moore Lauded By Asphalt Industry Group

Rick Moore, who is retiring as chairman of Lehman-Roberts Co. March 31 after 46 years with the company, has been named the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s Man of the Year. 

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Prioritizing Your Search

When you’re truly unhappy in your current job, a new one can’t get here fast enough. Having to drag yourself to the office each day can be the worst.

Business Survival Lessons from Palm

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a two-part series. When Palm Computing was in its heyday, many analysts thought they couldn’t be beaten. They had technology coveted by the market and an internal culture – dubbed Zen of Palm – which employees described as the best they’d ever experienced.

STATEWIDE

Trump's Nashville Visit Cost $30K in Police Overtime Pay

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump's visit to Nashville last week cost the Metro Nashville Police Department nearly $30,000 in overtime pay to staff police officers for security.

Bonnaroo to Offer All-Night Stage for Dance, Hip-Hop Artists

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Music fans will have more options to dance the night away at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which is unveiling an all-night stage focusing on dance, electronic and hip-hop artists.

CORPORATE NEWS

Apple Cuts Prices on Lower-End iPads, Releases Red iPhones

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets.

Wal-Mart Launches Incubator Lab to House Startups

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is launching an incubator lab focused on projects in robotics, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence as it aims to compete more aggressively with Amazon.

REGIONAL NEWS

Casino Revenue Falls Sharply Across Mississippi in February

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gamblers stayed away from Mississippi casinos in February, sending revenue tumbling 10 percent compared with the same month in 2016.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 312 16,192
MORTGAGES 0 293 18,685
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 0
BUILDING PERMITS 0 655 33,126
BANKRUPTCIES 0 237 10,737
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 112 5,198
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 127 11,344
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 94 3,867

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